Fantasy ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’ Headed to 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 15

The fantasy romantic drama Three Thousand Years of Longing, from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and United Artists Releasing, will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 15 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

From Academy Award winning director George Miller (Happy Feet, the “Mad Max” franchise, The Witches of Eastwick) from a screenplay by Miller and Augusta Gore, the film is based on the short story The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A.S. Byatt. 

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In the film, Dr Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is an academic — a creature of reason. While in Istanbul, she happens to encounter a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. At first, she doubts that he is real, and she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. But the Djinn pleads his case, and eventually she is beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both.

The French Dispatch

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Disney/Searchlight;
Comedy;
Box Office $16.05 million;
$19.99 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for graphic nudity, some sexual references and language.
Stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Christoph Waltz, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston.

Writer-director Wes Anderson’s penchant for quirky storytelling is on full display in The French Dispatch, an ode to journalism and the eclectic practitioners of the profession.

The film is an anthology structured like the format of a magazine, in this case a journal for the fictional French town of Ennui. The magazine, called The French Dispatch, is the local arm of a newspaper in Kansas. The vignettes shown in the film represent the final issue of the magazine, which is shut down upon the sudden death of its editor (Bill Murray), whose life story is presented through his obituary.

The tribute issue begins with a roving reporter (Owen Wilson) giving a brief recap of the history of Ennui, where little has changed culturally in 200 years.

The main story concerns an artist (Benicio del Toro) sentenced to prison for murder, whose paintings are inspired by a guard (Léa Seydoux) with whom he has fallen in love. His work catches the eye of a corrupt art dealer (Adrien Brody), while the tale is recounted by an indulgent lecturer for the gallery that ended up with the prisoner’s work.

Next up is the story of a student protest whose leader (Timothée Chalamet) inspires the writer of the piece (Frances McDormand) to break her objective coverage of the situation and help him write his manifesto while they enjoy a love affair.

The final segment involves a food journalist (Jeffrey Wright) whose examination of a new type of cuisine specially designed for police officers is interrupted when the town’s criminal syndicates kidnap the son of the police commissioner.

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The sketches are infused with Anderson’s usual eccentricities, such as varying aspect ratios, an intermixing of color and black-and-white, charming personalities, sharp wit, spitfire dialogue, rapid editing, and the precise framing of each scene with imagery evocative of a snapshot.

The set designs and visual style make the film seem like somewhat of a spiritual cousin to The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Blu-ray doesn’t include any bonus materials, but since it’s a Wes Anderson movie there’ll probably be a Criterion Collection release in a few years offering a smattering of supplements.

Disney Sets Home Release Dates for Artsy Comedy ‘The French Dispatch’

Disney has announced home release dates for Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, an homage to literary journalism, French culture and classic cinema.

The film, from Searchlight Pictures, will be released through digital retailers on Dec. 14, followed two weeks later by its release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (on Dec. 28).

The French Dispatch brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in the fictional 20th-century French city of Ennui-sur-Blasé. The cast includes Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.

The film has been praised by critics for its exquisite visuals, captivating performances and unique artistry.

‘Slaughterhouse-Five,’ ‘Jake Speed’ and Jarmusch’s ‘Limits of Control’ Coming to Blu-ray From MVD in December

Three Arrow Video titles are making their North American Blu-ray debuts from MVD Entertainment Group in December: Slaughterhouse-Five, Jake Speed and Jim Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control.

Coming out Dec. 3 is George Roy Hill’s science-fiction classic Slaughterhouse-Five. The story about WWII soldier Billy Pilgrim and how he was abducted by aliens took home the Jury Prize at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. Author Kurt Vonnegut, who wrote the novel the book is based on, famously claimed, “I drool and cackle every time I watch that film.” Special features include a new audio commentary by author and critic Troy Howarth; new video appreciation with author and critic Kim Newman; Pilgrim’s Progress: Playing Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with actor Perry King; Only on Earth: Presenting Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with Rocky Lang, son of executive producer Jennings Lang, about the film’s distribution; Unstuck in Time: Documenting Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with behind-the-scenes filmmaker-producer Robert Crawford Jr.; Eternally Connected: Composing Slaughterhouse-Five, a new video interview with film music historian Daniel Schweiger; the theatrical trailer; and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley.

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Also due Dec. 3 is Jake Speed, Andrew Lane’s action-adventure film in which all pulp heroes are real and Jake Speed (Wayne Crawford) is the best of the bunch. When Margaret (Karen Kopins) is captured by an evil slaver, Jake steps in to save the day. The campy 1980s adventure includes bonus features such as Paperback Wishes, a new interview with director Lane; The Hard Way Reads Better, a new interview with producer William Fay; and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys.

Finally, due Dec. 10 is Jim Jarmusch’s 2009 crime drama The Limits of Control. Isaach de Bankolé stars as a mysterious loner on a mission to complete a hit and along the way he runs into a slew of interesting characters including Paz de la Huerta, Tilda Swinton, Gael Garcia Bernal, John Hurt and Bill Murray. Special features include An American in Europe, a new video interview with Geoff Andrew, author of Stranger Than Paradise: Maverick Film-Makers in Recent American Cinema; The Rituals of Control, a new video essay on the film by author and critic Amy Simmons; Behind Jim Jarmusch, an archival documentary on the making of the film; Untitled Landscapes, an archival featurette showcasing the film’s locations; the theatrical trailer; and a reversible sleeve featuring two choices of artwork.

Zombie Comedy ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Rises on Digital Sept. 3, Disc Sept. 10 From Universal

The zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die will stalk to digital (including Movies Anywhere) Sept. 3 and Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Sept. 10 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, the film stars Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge, Lost in Translation, Ghostbusters), Adam Driver (Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, BlacKkKlansman) and Chloë Sevigny (“The Act,” Boys Don’t Cry) alongside an ensemble cast that includes Tilda Swinton (SuspiriaTrainwreck), Steve Buscemi (Hotel Transylvania Series, Fargo), Danny Glover (Proud MaryLethal Weapon Series), Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriGet Out), Rosie Perez (“Pure,” White Men Can’t Jump), Iggy Pop (Gimme DangerCoffee and Cigarettes), Sara Driver (Stranger than Paradise), RZA (“Snowfall,” The Man with the Iron Fists 2), Selena Gomez (Hotel Transylvania Series, Spring Breakers), Carol Kane (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Dog Day Afternoon), Austin Butler (The Intruders, “Arrow”), Luka Sabbat (“Grown-ish”) and Tom Waits (The Ballad of Buster ScruggsThe Book of Eli).

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In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behavior. No one foresees the strangest and most dangerous repercussion that will soon start plaguing the town. The dead rise from their graves and savagely attack and feast on the living — and the citizens must battle for their survival.

Bonus features on Blu-ray, DVD and digital include “Bill Murray: Zombie Hunting Action Star,” in which Murray discusses his fear of being typecast as an action hero; “Behind-the-Scenes of The Dead Don’t Die”; and “Stick Together,” in which Jarmusch’s frequent collaborators talk about his filmmaking style and what makes The Dead Don’t Die stand out from other zombie films.

Tilda Swinton Narrates Doc ‘Letters From Baghdad’ Due on Digital and DVD Feb. 5 From PBS

Letters From Baghdad, the story of 19th century explorer Gertrude Bell narrated by Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, is coming out on DVD and digital Feb. 5 from PBS Distribution.

Bell was an Englishwoman who traveled to the Middle East and was often referred to as the female “Lawrence of Arabia,” whom she personally knew, T.E. Lawrence. An explorer, spy, archaeologist, and diplomat, she also rubbed elbows with other powerful men, including Winston Churchill.

The program follows Bell’s life from her time at Oxford University in 1886 to her death in Baghdad in 1926. Her role in the Middle East was ground-breaking for women, and one of her many achievements included drawing up the borders for a new country, Iraq. The documentary uses never before seen archival footage, photographs taken by Bell herself, and a script taken from Bell’s personal letters.

‘Suspiria’ Remake Due on Digital Jan. 15, Disc Jan. 29 From Lionsgate

Luca Gudagnino’s re-imagining of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror cult classic Suspiria arrives on digital Jan. 15 and Blu-ray (plus digital) Jan. 29 from Lionsgate.

Starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth and Chloë Grace Moretz, Guadagnino’s directorial follow-up to his Oscar-winning Call Me by Your Name (Best Adapted Screenplay, 2017) follows young American dancer Susie Bannion, who arrives in 1970s Berlin to audition for the world-renowned Helena Markos Dance Company and stuns the troupe’s famed choreographer, Madame Blanc. When she vaults to the role of lead dancer, Olga, the previous lead, breaks down and accuses the company’s female directors of being witches.

Special features on Blu-ray and digital include the featurettes “The Making of Suspiria,” “The Secret Language of Dance,” and “The Transformations of Suspiria.”